At Way of Life Boot Camp, fitness is seen as a way to get both slimmer and mentally stronger. Drawing on his background in martial arts, founder Forrest Folen emphasizes focus, discipline, and attention to the mind-body connection in each workout. During classes, exercisers speed through circuit-style workouts to jump-start weight loss, and can later attend nutritional counseling sessions and receive dietician-approved meal plans. Boot-camp programs strive to build a sense of community among clients, who can meet monthly for 5K runs and earn colored wristbands—similar to martial-arts belts or Green Lantern power rings—that signify students' progress in their fitness journeys.
The coaches at Pariah Crossfit consider each student an athlete, regardless of fitness ability. With that distinction, however, comes work?lots of it. The coaches lead small groups and individuals through a lineup of intense exercises, which rotate daily and may include everything from Olympic weightlifting and tire flipping to rope climbing and rowing. To ensure nobody is left behind, they tailor each workout to match fitness levels, as well as foster an attitude of support and accountability amongst all the members. They even offer nutritional counseling to make sure diets work synergistically with exercise regimens.
In an effort to cater to families, First Class Fitness Center offers members access to a childcare facility complete with a nursery and playroom. As a CPR-certified staff watches youngsters, adults can engage in one-on-one training sessions with a certified personal trainer without the pressure of impressing their children. Or they can attend one of the gym's many classes, including Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp. On the amenities front, First Class offers fitness evaluations, nutrition coaching, tanning, and towel service.
A former competitive bodybuilder and self-professed fitness fiend, Kathy Babcock has trained everyone from kindergartners to grandmothers to high-school football teams. At Healing Crown 2 Toe, Kathy preaches a natural approach to aging and self-preservation. Private Pilates sessions build long, lean muscles, whereas dance and Zumba classes burn calories in an energizing, supportive group environment. Kathy also hosts a weekly segment on KUSI's "Good Morning San Diego."